A working archaeological village is New Zealand’s Pompeii, a village buried under the ash and pyroclastic flow of the 1886 Mt Tarawera volcanic eruption. The eruption ended the lives of over 120 people as well as destroying settlements and villages.
Ohinemutu is a heritage village with occupation reaching back hundreds of years. The warm geothermal waters provided steam to cook, bath and heat houses. The village is a living community and a short flat 10 minute walk from
Taranaki is a treasure trove of New Zealand history reaching back over 1000 years with heritage Pa sites to explore, blockhouses from the NZ Land Wars and remnant bush reserves capturing a sense of the landscape before wholesale forest clearances.
The quiet province that is a detour. The place is a rounded bump on the east coast of the North Island, it is very easy to simply continue straight down the middle of the island with its exciting hot
The ten gardens are both privately owned and public spaces for visitors to enjoy. Perhaps the private garden you have put at the top of your bucket list is not open. This means a return visit in order
Adrenaline thrills squeezing through hidden gorges to secret hot waterfall pools or floating down the Waikato to Ōtumuheke Stream hot mineral water is Taupo fun. Opepe Reserve is challenging with its graves and history of military encounters and wholesale
Explore historic logging trails where kauri was extensively milled and gold mining relics. You have opportunities to swim beneath a waterfall or to walk among the giants of the forest, massive kauris which have escaped nineteenth century timber milling.
Summer holidays in Taranaki are defined by beaches and camping at the beach. New Plymouth, Fitzroy Beach, TOP10 and Belt Road Seaside are favourite destinations for generations of kiwis every year who pack the car and head for the
Central North Island, Taupo, Tongariro and the lakes district is a quintessential New Zealand summer holiday experience. The freshwater lakes, opportunities to catch a trout for the BBQ, the chance to check out the bright lights of Taupo or
Karangahake Gorge & Kaimai Mamaku Conservation Park An area quietly slumbering in the valleys of the Coromandel. It is all too easy to keep on driving through the gorge on your way to the Coromandel hot spots of